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He said: “O my people! See ye if (it be that) I have a Clear Sign from my Lord, and that He hath sent Mercy unto me from His own presence, but that the Mercy hath been obscured from your sight? shall we compel you to accept it when ye are averse to it?

Noah’s answer (like that of the Prophet of Allah
who spoke in later ages in Makkah and Madinah is a
pattern of humility, gentleness, firmness,
persuasiveness, truth, and love for his own people.

  • First, he meekly (not exultingly) informs them that
    he has got a Message from Allah.
  • Secondly, he tells them that it is a Message of Mercy
    even in its warning, though in their arrogance the
    Mercy may be hidden from them.
  • Thirdly, he tells them plainly that there can be no
    compulsion in Religion: but will they not accept with
    goodwill what is for their own benefit?
    He pleads with them as one of their own


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 11 verse 28)Microsoft Word – 011 Hud.doc (

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